Abu Dhabi - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

No, there is ample parking for handicap (determined) persons, there are lots of sidewalks and the doors seem pretty wide. - Feb 2020

Probably, as not every sidewalk is wheelchair friendly, but I can see that this post would be much easier to do than most posts in this region. I think the major buildings like malls and tourist sites are wheelchair friendly, but not all little stores in the city have a ramp. - Jun 2019

They can get around, priority parking is available, ramps and elevators are everywhere. - Sep 2017

Yes. While efforts have been made to put cut outs into sidewalks and ramps in public buildings, the results are inconsistent. - Jun 2015

It would be hard to have a physical disability here. While most new buildings have made at least some attempts at accessibility, they're very inconsistent. Sidewalks are far from common and are usually uneven. - May 2013

Curbs are steep and not all buildings have a ramp entrance. - Jul 2012

Many. Newer buildings are accessible (although often with ramps that slope at a 45 degree angle, are accessed by a couple of steps, and the like), but there are few other concessions. - Aug 2011

They're making progress but not all buildings are handicapped-accessible. - Jul 2011

A lot. The curbs are very high (to prevent cars parking on them).Sidewalks are few and far between. Domestic labor is fairly reasonable so one could always hire a full time carer to alleviate some of the problems. - Nov 2010

Drivers are not careful and would hit anyone who does not move fast enough. Ramps are becoming more available downtown and in the newer areas, but it is difficult to even ride a bike in most places because of the 10" curbs. - Aug 2009

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